Courses for January-June 2023 are now available on our website.

Members can book immediately. Non-members from midday September 30.

About this course
  • Are you con­fi­dent of your abil­i­ty to man­age men­tal health emergencies?
  • Would you like to devel­op your skills in respond­ing to acute men­tal ill­ness and severe distress?
  • Are you required to assist clients who have used sub­stances or alcohol?

The Men­tal Health Emer­gen­cies (MHE) course is designed to enable remote health staff to devel­op the knowl­edge and skills nec­es­sary to respond with con­fi­dence when encoun­ter­ing clients pre­sent­ing with acute men­tal health issues, sub­stance use, sui­ci­dal behav­iour or episodes of acute distress.

Who is this course for?

The MHE course is designed to meet the learn­ing needs of the remote and iso­lat­ed health work­force (Nurs­es, Mid­wives, Abo­rig­i­nal & Tor­res Strait Islander Health Workers/​Practitioners, Para­medics and Med­ical Offi­cers) who assess and man­age clients with men­tal health needs, sub­stance use or episodes of acute distress.

The course can be mod­i­fied accord­ing to needs of the health ser­vice and be deliv­ered on an organ­i­sa­tion­al basis.

If you have any queries about the course or its rel­e­vance to your prac­tice, sub­mit an enquiry here.

Course deliv­ery

The MHE course uses a blend­ed learn­ing approach:

  • Online pre-course mod­ules that must be com­plet­ed pri­or to the workshop
  • Atten­dance at a one day face to face workshop

Our alter­na­tive MHE pro­gram for 100% online atten­dance is also available.

For a pri­vate face to face course, please sub­mit an enquiry here for fur­ther information.

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, clin­i­cians will have covered…
  • Effec­tive communication
  • Men­tal health assessment
  • Men­tal health emer­gen­cies — acute dis­tress and acute men­tal illness
  • Man­ag­ing acute men­tal dis­tur­bance – cur­rent best prac­tice in the remote & iso­lat­ed health context
  • Man­ag­ing acute intox­i­ca­tion and with­draw­al – cur­rent best prac­tice in the remote & iso­lat­ed health context
  • Self-harm and suicide
On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion par­tic­i­pants will be awarded…
  • A CRANAplus Men­tal Health Emer­gen­cies course certificate
Cater­ing information

Giv­en the remote loca­tion of many of our cours­es, we are some­times restrict­ed to Veg­e­tar­i­an and Gluten Free dietary options. While we always sup­ply fresh food and fruit, par­tic­u­lar foods may not be eas­i­ly accessed in remote areas. Should you have quite spe­cif­ic restric­tions we encour­age you to bring some basics and then pick and choose from the fresh food offered on the day. You should also inform us of any aller­gies you may have so we can advise the cater­er and be aware of the situation.

Addi­tion­al FAQs

View the answers to oth­er fre­quent­ly asked ques­tions about CRANAplus face-to-face courses.

Pub­li­ca­tions:

Sup­port­ing Gen­er­al­ist Health Prac­ti­tion­ers in the Bush to Help Meet the Men­tal Health Needs of Their Communities

Aman­da North, 2018, Aus­tralian Col­lege of Men­tal Health Nurs­es News Spring Edi­tion, Page 13

You can now enrol in an MHE course that is total­ly online. Num­bers will be lim­it­ed. Click here to find out more and secure a spot.